Thessaloniki is famous for its delicious and quality food and drinks. It is no coincidence that the tourists who visit Greece also confirm this and talk about generously. Should you happen to visit Thessaloniki in your travels, don't miss the opportunity to taste the most scrumptious dishes it has to offer. For this purpose we have created this itinerary, to help you explore the magical flavours of this Greek treasure! Yet, the history of the city is also magnificent and deep, not forgetting that Alexander the Great came from Macedonia, that is the region of Thessaloniki. After all, how many cities with a population of just over one million have 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – only two fewer than England?
Day One Arrival
Transfer to your hotel and make yourself at home. Relax for the remainder of the day and enjoy your surroundings before a welcome dinner tonight where you will meet your hosts and learn more about the week ahead.
Day Two Taste the City
Today you will walk downtown with your guide and learn about the complex culinary identity of the city, and that proves its sophistication. Today we will meet the people of the markets, listen to their stories, visit their shops and taste their excellent products. It will be a day of walking and laughter, drinking and eating, and most importantly enjoying chatter with the people who consider the offering of delicious dishes as their sole purpose in life. During the walk we will share a rich dining experience, tasting honey, nougat dessert, marshmallows, olives, fine cheeses and dishes of secret recipes, and learn everything about the famous Macedonian pie. It's not lunch as such, but you sure won't need any more food after this walk. The remainder of the day and dinner are at your leisure.
Day Three Sailing with Meze
After breakfast today, transfer to the bay and board a sailing vessel for a gentle cruise of the city’s bay. Take in panoramic views as you cruise with local hosts in a small group ambiance. Nibble some Greek meze, while sipping local spirits and admiring the city from the water. Note that over the winter months from November through to April, a cooking demonstration is provided as an alternative activity. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the city. Explore a little further or return to your hotel to relax. Dinner is also at your leisure.
Day Four Wine Tour to Veria & Dinner with Locals
An early start today and you depart Thessaloniki and head west to the city of Veria and travel among Christian, Byzantine and Contemporary cultures. Upon arrival, visit the Apostle Paul’s Tribune, the Jewish Quarter which is located next to the river, the Post-Byzantine Church of Veria and the traditional neighborhood of Kyriotissa. Enjoy a coffee and traditional homemade snacks in the city then set off on the wine route to learn the art of wine making from the growers. Take a full tour through the vineyards, to fully understand the wine production, maturation and ageing process. Return to Thessaloniki mid afternoon.
Spend a short time relaxing before a memorable evening commences! Your local hosts will escort you tonight for a fun time of discovering the vibrant neighborhoods of Thessaloniki, each with a different vibe, lifestyle and culture. Visit a mix of modern and traditional venues and enjoy interesting stories shared by your host. Learn how to make a cocktail and taste the unique, specially selected drinks and meze bites (light dinner).
Day Five Short Cooking Class & Historical Walk
Enjoy a leisurely morning before meeting with a local chef for a Greek food interactive cooking demonstration and tasting. This short class is designed to give you a couple of classic dishes to taste in the moment and then take home for you to recreate for family and friends. The class may be enough food for some to call a light lunch.
Following the class and a short break, it's time to get acquainted with the history of Thessaloniki. Enjoy a walk that will take you through the four main public squares of the cities and the stories they have to tell. During this time, you'll see a famous tower of many names and purposes, the gorgeous Aegean Sea, a massive but “invisible” roman hippodrome, which was once the Imperial Palace to an Emperor of Rome, underground passageways, a place of worship that has housed different religions, an exquisitely designed Square that owes its existence to a destructive fire, buildings of many and varied architectural styles and Mount Olympus (on a clear day!). The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Day 6 Departure
Transfer to the airport of Thessaloniki
Five nights at a centrally located 4 star hotel
Guided food and walking tour with lunch
Greek cocktail night with dinner
One cooking class with a three course meal and wine
Half day wine tasting tour to Veria
Cooking class with leading chef
Sailing cruise with meze lunch on board and drinks (or cooking demonstration with light lunch if off season)
One welcome dinner
Transfer to venues if necessary (from your accommodation)
Transfer to and from the airport
One heritage/history focused guided tour
Flights, meals & drinks not listed above, excursions that are not listed in the program
Travel insurance, personal expenses, tips.
Enjoy five nights in a boutique four star villa. Located one kilometre from the historical centre of Thessaloniki. Relax in a carefully appointed and generously scaled space, complete with large bathrooms finished with marble, stone and teak wood. Amenities include exclusive luxury bath toiletries, wi-fi internet connection, LCD screen, satellite channels, interactive TV, air conditioning, in-room safe box, direct-line phones and free mini bar.
$1833 per per based on twin/double
$500 single supplement
This package is available all year round and operates Wednesday to Monday.
The minimum number of participants is 2, and the maximum is 16.
Prices are indicative only and are subject to availability and change.